A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
A simple idea, but complex to execute. We found that creating your own smart mirror is difficult as deconstructed and standalone touchscreen surfaces arent readily commercially available. Try and simply lay mirrored film over a tablet and youll see your tablet's touchscreen wont work anymore.
So after being inspired by various DIY magic mirror posts across the web, we decided to make our own.
After months of diligence, we secured a partnership with a top manufacturer, who took our drawing boards models and began iterating towards a final product.
Now after what seems like countless iterations and improvements were ready to offer the MONOLITH to the world as the first floorstanding magic mirror.
We design for anyone who takes pride in making their living space functional and unique. All of the current iterations of this idea feature a unit needing to be hanged on a wall. We’re urban focused and that means designing for those of us who live in apartments or otherwise dont own our space – making us less willing and able to fully express ourselves on our dwelling by drilling holes and hanging heavy items. Where mounting heavy items is off limits, we opted for a freestanding design for the Monolith to set firmly on the floor – no drilling required.
You may have seen magic mirrors before on Reddit and Pinterest as Do-It-Yourself projects, but there aren’t any for commercial sale en masse. The DIY versions are a hodgepodge of refurbished parts and thus a basic understanding of entry level programming with the raspberry pi is required – its not a project for the faint of heart. The other software is great, but we opted for the reliability of a platform that has been more widely adopted, and has access to a larger breadth of applications, but also one open enough to allow the more adventurous to tinker should they want to.
MONOLITH is powered by ANDROID and ready to use out of the box.
Unbox. Attach legs. Power on. Sign in.
It's that simple.
The motherboard is in the base of the unit accessible via a locked door that users have the key to. Moving the mother board down below the touchscreen portion allows us to save on space, thickness and more evenly distribute the weight.
Whats not included is just as important - we opted to not include a camera/mic deliberately as the potential for hackers to gain access to a device that couldnt be closed, unlike a laptop, and will likely be in peoples bedrooms seemed like a bad combination.
55 inches tall
16 inches wide
1.5 inches deep
57 inches long
18 inches wide
5 inches deep
Its a world first. Unlike the DIY, wall hanging magic mirrors, this one is commercially available and ready to work out of the box. No tinkering or custom coding needing. Instead of customized software builds that are limited in their app functionality, being powered by the android platform means no complex custom software and access to the world largest library of apps. Browse the web via your WiFi connection, post to social media or, stream music via your bluetooth connection or use the built in speakers.
We're committed to making remarkable, unique furniture for the best price possible, but we need your help.
We’re looking to raise $50,000 by selling at least 100 units in order to meet our factories minimum order quantity (MOQ). Custom tooling, machining and manufacturing is expensive and requires one of a kind manufacturing assets which usually cant be re-purposed or reused, meaning the costs cannot be shared. Whether you make 1 or 100, those molds needs to be made first and the price is which that cost can be evenly and reasonably spread over the amount of units we want to sell - this in total is the minimum order quantity needed to justify moving forward with manufacturing.
To keep the cost down for you the consumer, we limit the variability of hardware factors like leg configuration, or screen orientation or unit sizes.
One unit, two colors. Simple. We're a small company but if/when we get bigger we can afford to finance the manufacture up front of followup versions which feature more screen orientations and other variations.
We believe in under promisiing and over delivering when it comes to shipping - we’ll use our campaign funding to initiate large scale manufacturing and get the first batch delivered within about 9 weeks - 30 days to manufacture, 30 days via sea freight, and the rest for final delivery in various regions with plenty left over just to be safe.
Risks and challenges
A lot of projects generate hype but dont live up to it. We refuse to be one of them. Whats shown is the final version ready to be made in large scale.
While we have gone to every effort to demonstrated how MONOLITH will work in the real world through rigorous product testing, certification and compliance measure, the reality with any innovation is unforeseen risks exist that we haven.t yet thought of.
While we always hope there will be no issues, we plan for the worst. We have gone to every effort to anticipate and account for every circumstance but with international shipping as well as new technology, it is impossible to say with certainty we have predicted everything.
Every project comes with its own unique risks and challenges and a project as ambitious as this is certainly no different. International project development and shipping comes with hurdles, but we're experienced - we've moved over 5 tons of goods across the globe We want to start by setting realistic expectations for delivery in early March 2018.
Next is our full transparency communication plan because we know firsthand what it's like to back a project that doesn't deliver or leaves you in the dark until it does. We refuse to be that kind of project.
If we encounter any unforeseen circumstances at all, international holidays, labor strikes - anything - we wont leave you hanging. We will be full transparency with development and delivery every step of the way via video updates on our Vimeo channel as well as the updates section here on Kickstarter.